Erie, PA Ormsbee Lime Kiln Fire, Nov 1865
FIRES .... on Monday morning, about 3 o’clock, in the lime kiln of D.C. Ormsbee, on Fourth Street. The flames had obtained extensive headway before the fire was discovered, and, although our firemen labored with commendable zeal, their efforts to save Mr. O’s property were of no avail. They rendered good service, however, in protecting the other buildings. The loss is estimated at $1,000, on which there was no insurance. ...Our fire department, young as it is, displayed an energy and efficiency that would have done credit to an old organization. It is due to Perry [Fire Company] No. 1 ... it was first upon the ground.
The Erie Observer, Erie, PA 16 Nov 1865